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Sales Tax Holiday Prepares Floridians for Hurricanes


 Post hurricane glow.

Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1, but storms have already flooded the Florida Panhandle this spring. According to NOAA, rainfall totals for the period leading up to and following the historic flash-flooding of late April “were 200-600% of normal.” And even though the 2014 hurricane season is expected to have fewer severe storms than usual, Floridians would do well to prepare for the worst. Florida’s new hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday was created to encourage just that.

The tax-free period for hurricane preparedness will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 31 and conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday June 8, 2014. During that time, numerous items will be exempt from Florida sales tax, including but not limited to:

  • Batteries in assorted sizes (selling for $30 or less);
  • Bungee cords (selling for $50 or less);
  • Candles (selling for $20 or less);
  • Coolers and ice chests, non-electric (selling for $30 or less);
  • Flashlights and lanterns, battery-powered (selling for $20 or less);
  • Gas or diesel fuel containers (selling for $25 or less);
  • Ground anchor systems (selling for $50 or less);
  • Portable generators (selling for $750 or less); and
  • Two-way radios (selling for $50 or less).

Additional information, including a complete Florida Department of Revenue.

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Taxpayers whose ability to file has been impacted by the severe storms of April 2014 are advised to contact the Florida Department of Revenue at 800.352.3671.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.